While walking in the woods this dandelion caught my eye.


All I could think of was a line from a Mary Oliver poem: “When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement.”

I think she wants to be amazed by even the small, and often overlooked or unappreciated, beauty in the world. She wants to notice everything. I thought, anyone who stops to look (to really look) at this, couldn’t help but to be amazed. It is so delicate and intricate – like lace.

When I looped back around the trail I came across two young men bending down to look at this very dandelion. Thrilled that they noticed it too, I grinned and said, “I stopped to photograph that exact flower! Isn’t it beautiful?” They smiled at me, and one of them said enthusiastically, “Did you know you can eat these?!”

To each his own (amazement).

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